If you are caring for a senior or a loved one, you probably have many unanswered questions.
Questions that come to you in the middle of the night. You wonder if anyone goes through the same challenges as you.
If other caregivers also encounter the problem of having the smell of pee everywhere in the home. Or, if they struggle to respond when their loved ones start hallucinating.
This is why I put together a list of seven resources for caregivers.
Since I started the Fighting Dementia Facebook Group, I’m always on the look out for caregiver tips, resources and various things to share in the group.
Here’s a compilation of some of the sites that I follow. I hope they help you on this journey too.
This is probably my favourite resource for seniors because it’s really informative. It’s targeted at the family caregiver.
You can subscribe to their mailing list and they will send you weekly (I think) emails. They cover a wide range of topics. In their email, they focus on a topic for the week, and include other recommended readings.
Here are examples of their recommended readings.
- 4 Tips for Managing Multiple Health Conditions
- 7 Tips for Helping Seniors at the Doctor’s: Being a Health Advocate
- 10 Medications Seniors Should Avoid Taking
- How to Approach Someone with Dementia: 6 Tips for a Positive Care Experience [Video]
- Celebrate Father’s Day with 18 Gifts and Activities for Seniors
Golden Carers offers activities for seniors. They have a list of free activities and there is also a subscription fee where you can pay for more activities. But, many of their activities are quite targeted at the western audience. So, they may or may not be relevant for seniors in Asia.
This is a group created by the people who started the Golden Carers. There seem to be many individuals who work at senior facilities. They share the activities that they organise at their centres. Some of them have really creative activities.
It is also quite interesting to see the effort that goes into creating these experiences for seniors. It is a closed group so you have to request for access into the group.
This is quite a big group of caregivers to loved ones with dementia. Most of the caregivers in the group are from America. They are very open about their sharing and it can get quite emotional. But, many people in the group are also very encouraging and comforting.
Many of them seem to be dealing with loved ones in the moderate to severe stages of dementia. If you’re looking for an outlet to share your struggles, you can consider joining the group.
Caregivers Connect is a Facebook page set up by AWWA. It shares news, stories and tips for caregivers. They share content very regularly. And, much of the content is relevant to the Singapore audience. This is a great page to follow for updates in Singapore related to caregivers.
Project We Forgot shares stories of caregivers to persons with dementia. Many of these stories are inspirational. They depict the dedication and sacrifice that caregivers have to make for their loved ones. They also organise sessions for caregivers in Singapore to come together.
I just found out about Project Care recently. It’s managed by the same person who also runs Ageless Online. They share caregiver stories, tips and tricks and resources like How to videos.